CMLL weekend results (micro singles match?), Daga to DG

this photo should win some award (photo by CMLL)

CMLL (SAT) 09/29/2018 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Camorra & Inquisidor b Sangre Imperial & Sonic
rudos took 1/3.
2) Arkalis, Astral, Eléctrico b El Coyote, Grako, Príncipe Odín Jr.
tecnicos took 2/3
3) Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías DQ Ángel, Gallito, Microman
Rudos took 1/3. Chamuel faked a foul in the first, then tossed his mask to Gallito in the third to draw a DQ.
4) Esfinge & Tritón © b Pólvora & Templario [Arena Coliseo TAG]
Tecnicos took 2/3 to keep the titles. First defense.
5) Diamante Azul, Kráneo, Volcano b Ephesto, Hechicero, Universo 2000 Jr.
Universo 2000 Jr. replaced Sagrado. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Carístico, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Euforia, Shocker, Terrible
tecnicos took 2/3

Triton & Esfinge talked about their win. That finish in the micros match sure sounds like they’re setting up a Gallito/Chamuel singles match.

CMLL (SUN) 09/30/2018 Arena México  [CMLL]
1) Mercurio & Pequeño Nitro b Acero & Aéreo
Rudos took 1/3.
2) Oro Jr., Star Jr., Stigma b Akuma, Espanto Jr., Metálico
tecnicos took 2/3
3) Pegasso b Disturbio [lightning]
Pegasso won despite Tirantes seeming to favor Disturbio
4) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa b Felino, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
tecnicos took 1/3
5) Ephesto, Hechicero, Mephisto b Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Niebla Roja
rudos took 2/3
6) Michael Elgin, Mistico, Volador Jr. b Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
tecnicos took 2/3.

Still no sign of any built up match. Pegasso talked about the lightning match.

The Costa Rican wrestlers have returned home. CMLL promoting an Okumura appearance in their promotion seems to indicate CMLL is happy with how it went.

CMLL looks back at Atlantis losing to Perro Aguayo in 2005 and Ultimo Guerrero defeating Johnny Stamboli in the 2006 Gran Prix.

AAA had a taping today. It was alright. It’s ok if I wait until tomorrow to write about it.

Impact’s episodes go up for free about 10 days after they air, which means today is the day you can watch the Hijo del Vikingo, Aerostar, and Laredo Kid vs OVE match from last week’s show for free. Entrances are about 2 minutes in. Didn’t ask me to log in or anything.

Beaumont Enterprise has a story of border wrestling promotion Laredo Wrestling Alliance, focusing on Daga & Laredo Kid having a match there this weekend. The match sounds good, and Daga does his new “I’m better than Pentagon & Fenix” spiel at the end. The news for us is Daga says he’s going to Dragon Gate in a couple weeks. Daga had mentioned he was touring Asia sometime this fall and had left it that, though word had filtered around that he’d be going to Dragon Gate. It hadn’t been on the record until now. I have a limited knowledge of Dragon Gate (based on some reading and zero watching), but it sounds like he might fit in with their rudo group. I suspect he’ll be over whenever Flamtia & Bandido go over next.

Guerreros regain the trios title and set up a cage match, AAA on Twitch Sunday night

CIber and Chris were really thrown by that dive

CMLL (FRI) 09/28/2018 Arena México [CMLL, ESTOMarcaOvacionesthecubsfan]
1) Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis b La Guerrera, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:39. Rudas took 1/3.
2) Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Niebla Roja DQ Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:10. Tecnicos took straight falls, the last by DQ when Mephisto fouled Angel de Oro.
3) Valiente b Felino [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4:08.
4) Hijo de LA Park, Mistico, Soberano Jr. b Forastero, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:05. Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Carístico, Michael Elgin, Volador Jr. b Cavernario, Cuatrero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:15. Tecnicos took 2/3. Elgin’s 2018 return.
6) Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rockstar, The Chris © b Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOSLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 28 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:28. Guerreros cheated to win after stopping the Cl4n from doing the same. Cl4n lose the titles, falling on their first defense, the second straight champions to lose in their first defense. Guerreros Laguneros are the 30th champions. It’s the second time with this trio, UG’s 5th trios win, Euforia’s 3rd, and Gran Guerrero’s 2nd. UG challenged Ciber to a team vs team cage match, which Ciber said he’d think about.

CMLL promos: Guerreros Laguneros and Valiente.

Media room interviews: Hijo de LA Park, Soberano & Mistico (Box Y Lucha; Mistico wants a hair/mask match with Casas), Felino (Box Y Lucha, ), the Rudas (Box Y Lucha) and Los Guerreros.

This show was better than last week, though the first and last matches were still weak. Ultimo Guerrero seemed pretty definite about the cage match happening. Given the fast pace they’re moving, this seems like something scheduled for the Dia de los Muertos shows – maybe 11/02. Scharly would be the favorite to lose if there’s just one loser, and they could hold over Ciber/UG for next year’s Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.

Today, CMLL has Esfinge & Triton defending the Arena Coliseo tag titles against Polvora & Templario and RIOT running in Monterrey with Skayde. Sunday is a busy day: AAA streaming around 6:30pm, a Memes/PALL show in Coacalco, Fuerza Guerrera’s anniversary show, an IWRG trainees show, and MDA running in Monterrey.

Elite says the 10/11 AAA vs ELITE show is a TV taping (and a streaming show.) The card for that show has been out for a while, but it has not been listed as a taped show. AAA hasn’t confirmed it as one yet, but it would now be the next TV taping after Sunday’s show if it does air.

Mileno has an article framed as Lady Shani fighting against machismo. You can tell the writer of the article truly respects her as an athlete by talking about “her beauty and her imposing physique” and “her large and dazzling eyes” in the introductory paragraph, and never about specific wins or achievements she might have accomplished. Shani talks about fans treating luchadoras as if they’re only there to be an attractive woman. Lady Shani previously wrestled literally as “Sexy Lady”. Lady Shani is good at wrestling and should be respected for it but this article is garbage. Pretending things have changed when they haven’t really does no one any favors.

Psycho Clown said he’d be open to facing LA Park more if the fans want it, but he’d really like to finally win the AAA Mega Championship. He says he’s had four chances (which appears to be accurate!) and hasn’t gotten it done yet, but it remains a goal. The conundrum for AAA is if the goal for the Mega championship is to have many WON approved four-star matches, Psycho Clown’s probably not the guy to be champion, but Psycho Clown is The Guy in AAA and he should fighting for the main title or in a really hot feud if he’s the most important person. Coming off AAA, he’s not doing either, though there’s not a lot of direction for most people coming off TripleMania.

The finish of a Pagano/Murder Clown match last night might be worth watching. Strong defense by Pagano.

LLF’s show last night ended early when luchadora and ex-television personality Carola (Yessica Carola Rodríguez, 39) suffered head/neck injuries and was taken to the hospital. There are photos of the before and after on Facebook, it looks like plenty of people were there to catch the plancha, but perhaps she fell well short and landed on her face. The Arena LLF floors are cement, so that’s not a soft landing, and they had to stop the show to make sure got medical treatment. The RIOT show will still go on as planned tonight.

Ultimo Guerrero is listed as wresting in both Tijuana and Saltillo tonight. That’s not possible. He was still advertised at a press conference for the Saltillo show yesterday. The Tijuana show appears to be first time promoters, which is always a red flag. Aeroboy & Hijo de Fishman are also listed on the Tijuana show and elsewhere. Aeroboy interfered on the AKE show last night, so he’s probably working Tijuana.

Fuerza Guerrera is on a media tour to promote his anniversary show this Sunday. In Diaro Basta, Fuerza once again says the worst decision he ever made was jumping to AAA. He feels Antonio Pena stole money from him and the wrestler’s union. Fuerza says the contract he signed said the wrestlers would get 13.5% of the revenue from AAA’s deal with Televisa and Antonio Pena kept all the money. Guerrera would like to sue AAA to bring that document to life. Fuerza is sure he would’ve been a bigger star than Atlantis, Negro Casas and Caristico had he just stayed in CMLL and is grateful to Paco Alonso for allowing him back. Fuerza says he’s not thinking about retirement, but he also would like to have a retirement match in Arena Mexico. He’s not sure he’s deserving of the honor because of his jump to AAA and he’s hoping he’d be able to convince them to let him do it anyway.

Fuerza Guerrera did a similar interview with publimetro. In this one, Fuerza says a writer from Box Y Lucha came up with the mask design. At the time he started out (1978), Star Wars was very popular and he had the idea to call himself “Star War.” The commission said no, that they weren’t allowing anyone to get a license with an English language name. (“Top Secret”/Fantasma ran into the same issue.) They gave him a half hour to come up with a new name or no license, and he came up with Fuerza Guerrera.

Juventud Guerrera does not get a direct mention in either article, outside of Fuerza talking about his career taking time away from his family.

Expo Lucha announced they will be returning next year. Their 2019 show will be August 17th and 18th, this time in San Diego. Penta, Fenix, Shane Strickland, Bandido, Jeff Cobb, Brody King, Mr. Aguila, Demus, and Joey Ryan have been announced, though a lot can change by in 11 months. I wouldn’t hold them to those names even if they demanded it.

Zumbi promoted a The Crash show tonight in Tlaxcala, but The Crash hasn’t mentioned it.. I think it might have been canceled.

The Crash 10/21 show in Denver looks like it’ll have Rey Fenix vs Matt Sydal vs Flamita vs Bandido as the main event. The Crash’s announcer appears to be going to the show, so there’s a good chance it’ll stream.

Zeuxis is wrestling in New York on November 18th. Drago is in a week later.

+LuchaTV has the latest Aqui Esta La Lucha roundup.

A profile of Mama Lucha, a lucha fan seen at shows in Naucalpan and Coacalco.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 10/05/2018 Arena México
1) Hijo del Signo, Robin, Yago vs Akuma, Camorra, Star Jr. [Relevos Increíbles]
2) Avispa Dorada, La Jarochita, Marcela vs Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis
3) Valiente vs Gran Guerrero [lightning]
4) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Mistico vs Cavernario, Ciber the Main Man, The Chris
5) Dark Magic, David Finlay, Flip Gordon, Gilbert el Boricua, Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Matt Taven, Michael Elgin, Okumura vs Carístico, Cuatrero, Diamante Azul, Euforia, Hechicero, Sansón, Terrible, Último Guerrero, Volador Jr. [Gran Prix]
The World vs Mexico

The Gran Prix has gone about 50 minutes the last two years, not including the introductions. It’ll now have two extra people, so breaking the hour mark is a definite possibility. As far as we know, this is airing on Marca like usual.

Scharly is strangely missing from the semimain. This is going to be a weird week with scheduling due to the 9v9 and Rockstar seems to be the low man on Cl4n side (and most likely to lose his hair in that cage match), so I’m not sure if it means anything. Could just be wanting Cavernario in there to work with Mistico and wanting Mistico in front of what should be a very big crowd.

Valiente working lightning matches in back to back week agianst a guy who is having a singles match on Tuesday is more usual strange CMLL booking.

Avispa Dorada is La Avispa from the Pacific Northwest, who’s been training with CMLL the last few months. I presume she will be a guest on Informa this week or next.

The opener is bizarre. CMLL has plenty of tecnicos who could step into a match if they needed a replacement, so the weird sides are probably about something else. It seems way too soon to start the build for the usual low-level apuesta match that usually happens during the Christmas season.

CMLL on Marca: 2018-09-28 

I dunno

Recapped: 09/28/2018

Matches:

Dalys, Metálica, Reyna Isis beat La Guerrera, La Jarochita, Princesa Sugehit
(14:39 [6:50, 2:32, 5:17], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Ángel de Oro, Flyer, Niebla Roja beat Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario
(13:10 [5:08, 8:02], 1/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Valiente beat Felino in a lightning match
(4:08, Valiente Buster, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hijo de LA Park, Mistico, Soberano Jr. beat Forastero, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero
(14:05 [3:18, 3:23, 7:24], 2/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico, Michael Elgin, Volador Jr. beat Cavernario, Cuatrero, Sansón
(13:15 [4:51, 3:23, 5:01], 2/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero beat Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rockstar, The Chris © to win the CMLL World Trios Championship
(16:28 [5:30, 2:56, 8:02], 2/3, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

El Guerrero Leon

Ciber and Rockstar attempted to cheat to hold down Último Guerrero, but the other Guerreors broke up the pin. Euforia & UG pulled the same trick a moment later and got the win. Ciber attacked Edgar for missing the cheating. UG challenged Cl4n to a team versus team cage match. Ciber said he’d think about it.

Hijo de LA Park wrestled Negro Casas a lot during the match and fought a little bit after, but it was unclear if it actually was something.

Mephisto fouled Angel de Oro for no real reason (except the match had gone long enough and they definitely weren’t doing a third fall.)

Thoughts:

bullet main on point

The eighth Cl4n/Guerreros match was not much dissimilar than the other ones. They tried to recapture the success of the first with lots of offense, stage dives, and a back and forth end. The Cl4n still looked occasionally terrible on and the Guerreros had some unusual slips. I think CMLL likes these guys because they see the boos they’re getting as real heel heat in area where the rudos (especially ones on the other side of this match) tend to get cheered, but it still feels more like a rejection than a desire to see them get beat. The fans were happy to see the Guerreros win but Último Guerrero’s best efforts couldn’t get them to root for a cage match. At least next week should be a respite from this.

The semi-main had a lot of energy, with Volador coming out focused and matching up well with Cavernario en route to getting revenge. He looked more into the fight than he had to lead into his big hair match. Cavernario being the important guy on his team was a nice change of pace. His partners were there more to be tackling dummies for Elgin, who didn’t stand out in the first two falls and then got to show off in the third fall. The moves looked sloppy, and I’m not sure if it was someone’s fault or just unfamiliar. They also looked impressive to the Arena Mexico crowd, especially the double powerslam spot. It would make many people very angry if Elgin got the vacant CMLL Heavyweight championship, but I think that’s exactly what CMLL would do if they could get him in with any sort of regularity.

please don’t break Negro Casas

The fourth match was thoroughly fun. Forastero being kept from his cousins meant he was around to take the bigger Mistico and Soberano moves – this might be the first time he’s received the Mistico diving headscissors to the floor – but Negro Casas and Rey Bucanero had useful nights too. Casas & Park did a lot together, with Park not taking it easy on the old man on a powerbomb and a German suplex. (Hijo de LA Park’s Indian Deathlock could use a lot of work.) Soberano and Mistico did their usual stuff well, and the finish would’ve been incredible if Soberano didn’t hesitate. This was good Friday night action.

Felino is a man who seems like he’d be OK with no longer doing singles matches every time he’s in one, though CMLL can’t bother to adjust to that reality. They tend to be shorter than usual, with both men going thru finishes early to get out of there. This was no different, Valiente getting his tope and then straight to the end. This was shorter than most tournament matches nowadays and there was nothing really worth checking out.

Flyer

Templario was a one-man show in the second. The técnicos were useful too, but Templario was doing all the work for the rudos and doing it well. Flyer had his best match in a while simply because Templario was there to work with him, and he found space to do stuff with the Chavez brothers as well. He took over the match for a stretch in the third fall and looked spectacular doing it. Mephisto & Ephesto did their usual stuff and no more, but teaming them with a young guy who could do stuff helped out a ton. Borderline recommendable match.

The women’s match fell into the same small range for those. Not a lot of interesting action and much of it wasn’t slow or had awkward pauses. The action moved a lot better when Metalica was in than “best women’s wrestler” Dalys, but that’s how it goes. Guerrera impressed in the third fall with her offense in the third fall, though her gear looked straight out of the 90s. She would helped so much with an actual gimmick.

CMLL Aniversario: 2018-09-14 

brother teamwork

Recapped: 09/19/2018

Matches: 

La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat Dalys, La Metálica, Reyna Isis
(11:16 [5:53, 2:33, 2:50], 1/3, below average)

Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Niebla Roja beat Felino, Mephisto, Negro Casas
(11:20 [3:55, 4:38, 2:47], 1/3, ok)

Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón beat Atlantis, Mistico, Soberano Jr.  
(14:21 [6:11, 4:11, 3:59], 1/3, good)

Ciber the Main Man, Scharly Rockstar, The Chris beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero for the CMLL World Trios Championship
(11:31 [5:23, 3:22, 2:46], 1/3, below average)

Diamante Azul, King Phoenix, Penta El Zero M beat Carístico, Hijo de LA Park, LA Park
(18:51 [5:53, 5:41, 7:17], 1/3, great)

Bárbaro Cavernario & Rush beat Matt Taven & Volador Jr. , hairs vs hairs
(22:56 [3:54, 2:54, 16:08], 1/3, great
)

What happened: 

got to stay aware in the front row

In the main event, Taven is eliminated in the third fall but then comes back into springboard kick Volador. It’s played up like a mistake for a moment like he was meaning for Rush, but Taven is attacking Volador and friendly with the rudos after. Taven tries to run away without getting his hair cut, and Volador brings him back. They get some hair cut in the ring.

Ciber (barely) used the ropes to pin Último Guerrero

Reina Isis is wearing cat ears. Bastet is the cat Egyptian god, not Isis. It doesn’t matter.

Thoughts: 

The main event fell short of being a top end match, though it was still an entertaining match and the most dramatic one on the show. It didn’t all come together for the all the problems which could’ve been seen from the start. The entrances spell out that this should’ve been Rush & Volador, with Cavernario & Taven literally being afterthoughts. Taven appears to be here and a técnico just to give Volador an out for losing. Cavernario doesn’t even have that much of a defined role but needed to here because he was the one guy the crowd was totally behind. Except that means the match is one guy the crowd hates (Rush) & one guy the crowd loves (Cavernario) versus one guy the crowd seems to have limited interest in (Taven) and one guy they’re not as much behind as usual (Volador.) It’s a weird dynamic that distracts from the match and then is overshadowed by the Taven turn at the end. Even putting aside this wasn’t the match people want, this wasn’t well put together.

I complain about lucha production a lot (and will do more), but this great moving cinematic shot of Cavernario & Rush hitting their big moves is something you’d get nowhere else

The actual match is very good, doing their best to overcome the hand they were given. Cavernario does the crazy splash early, and then often. Rush is working his hardest while still antagonizing this crowd. Volador looked sharp. They put together nice series of moves and had some spectacular moments near the end. Taven was the weak link match in this match, unexpectedly not being on the same page as the Mexicans at points and just seeming off in a way he hasn’t this tour. Cavernario shined brighter, coming thru in all the big moments in a way that would’ve won over the crowd if they weren’t already behind him. These four guys did all you would expect out of them in a big match, and this would’ve been exceptional for most Friday night shows. It just still didn’t feel like a big Aniversario show main event.

The semi-main was the one match that over delivered. They had to overcome some odd teams, and one spot that very much didn’t go right. It didn’t matter in the end because they did so much that one moment going wrong was overshadowed by so many that went right. Fenix & Penta pushed the match farther than anyone else, adding sequence and not just moves. Hijo de LA Park was shaky a little early – doing mirror spots with Fenix doesn’t benefit him – but added big moments as they came on. Diamante Azul was fine though the idea of him matching up with LA Park seemed like a waste of LA Park. Carístico fit nicely with both Penta & Fenix and I’m still not sure why they haven’t done either of those matches. This wasn’t the big LA Park match that could’ve been but he put in a solid effort.

Operacion Dragon

I didn’t in find title match as much as much terrible as terribly underwhelming and terribly boring. The Cl4n got a lot of offense, which has a hit or miss rate of looking any good. Cibernético struggles with falling down, which seems to be something most people need to be able to do as professional wrestlers. The Guerreros didn’t do as much as their first match, and the finish came off as screwed up. I don’t know why they’re bothering about this, but finally giving them an entrance video was a pretty big tell that they were going to be sticking around for a while.

The NGD match wasn’t among the best ones they’ve had – Atlantis was both figuratively and literally in the way of that – but it was a good showcase for the rudos. They ran thru some, though not all of their big offense in the second fall and the rudo crowd was pleasantly surprised to see Mistico take the loss in the end. Soberano looked good except for the one big slip and surprised everyone by using an actual submission hold. Mistico continued his run of doing well on big shows and getting booed for it.

flying Forastero

Didn’t really think a lot of the second match. The veterans were present and trying, but not bringing a lot extra to the match. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja aren’t adventurous on their own. This was better than the Tuesday version of this match would be, but it still felt short of something notable. They did build the match on making Audaz a bigger star by the end, and the dive he tried looked pretty cool.

The women’s match wouldn’t stick out positively even on a regular CMLL show. It was not Aniversario caliber or close. They had less energy than usual and no one outside of maybe Metalica was trying things they don’t normally do. The comeback spot by Marcela looked messed up or badly timed, Dalys took a lazy bump on a dropkick out of the ring, and the most of the work was forgettable. Isis probably shouldn’t be doing a stripping routine if she’s meant to be booed, but who even knows if rudos are supposed to be booed in CMLL. You’re probably supposed to jump over a drop down but Isis wasn’t doing that either. It is embarrassing this match it on to the Aniversario show and so many people who would’ve tried did not.

Cavernario smash

Guerreros vs Cl4n tonight, Wagner skipping AAA TV?, Daga in AAA, Aerostar, Mascarita

CMLL treats the world to another Cl4n versus Guerreros match tonight in Arena Mexico, this time for the CMLL trios championship. This is the eight match they’ve had in the last three months, counting the one where LA Park replaced Euforia. Maybe one of them has been good. That’s not a good ratio. The Cl4n are 5-2, only losing last week and the one before their end of July break. This is a terrible direction, but it seems like CMLL should be committing to it longer if they believe so much into it, and that makes the Guerreros winning the title back very unlikely. On the other hand, maybe the turnout is the guide: last week’s show, where this feud was the only thing of note, was the lowest turnout since LA Park showed up. Perhaps that’s a one week dropoff following Aniverasrio, but maybe they should have a chat with the people working the ticket window before they decide tonight’s result.

If Cl4n lose the trios titles tonight, they would tie the reign of Tanahashi, Taichi and Okumura as shortest trios title reign. That was quick because Tanahashi was going back to Japan. It doesn’t seem like the Cl4n is going anywhere.

Michael Elgin returns to CMLL in the semimain, as a preview of the Gran Prix. He’s in as a tecnico, as he has been the last two teams, teaming with feature opponents in Caristico & Volador against Sanson, Cuatrero and Cavernario. Their cousin Forastero is one match down, teaming with vets Negro Casas & Rey Bucanero against Misitco, Hijo de LA Park and Soberano.

Felino and Valiente meet in the lightning match. Felino’s won the last two times they’ve met in singles matches. Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja teaming up with Flyer to face Templario, Ephesto and Mephisto seems good on paper, but I haven’t thought much of Ephesto & Mephisto of lately. The opener is a trios match, rare outside of big shows, with Princesa Sugehit, La Jarochita, and La Guerrera facing Dalys, Metalica and Reyna Isis

It’ll air at 8:30pm on Marca (currently region blocked) and Facebook. I should be around to stream it totally illegally on YouTube. A loyal CMLL fan was coming into that chat complaining about me doing that and now I can’t monetize my channel and I’m wondering if those two things might just be related.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

Nueva Generacion Dinamita are asking for the next trios champion match against whoever wins the tonight. They’re set on unifying the two sets of trios titles, which CMLL is not going to do but sounds good in a promo.

Telegraph has a profile of Microman, similar to other ones recently. This one says Microman’s finish is called “Zero Gravity” (or maybe “Gravedad Cero”), and mentions the microstars are currently guaranteed two matches per month.

CMLL looks back at Dr. Wagner Jr. winning the 2003 Gran Prix with a picture of Ultimo Dragon. I thought they were just avoiding highlighting people at first, but now I think they just want to push the international-ness of the competition by focusing on the most successful foreigner in each match.

Sunday’s AAA TV taping is supposed to be the last big build up to Dr. Wagner Jr. versus Jeff Jarrett, the main event hair match of Heroes Inmortales a month from now. It may not be. Dr. Wagner posted a poster for a different show for Sunday, an indie show in El Paso. I guess that means he’s not making the AAA show, though it’s never that clear with Wagner. The AAA main event is currently scheduled to be Dr. Wagner & Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma & Jeff Jarrett. AAA should announce something, probably won’t.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter explained the odd appearance of Mascarita Sagrada on last Friday’s TV taping. One of AAA’s sponsors (not specified which one) has an advertising campaign including Sagrada, so AAA decided it would be a good idea to use him. A different sponsor is using Blue Demon Jr., so he might be back as well. It seems concerning companies which sponsor AAA wrestlers don’t see them as big enough stars to use them in commercial campaigns. There’s also a mention Park wasn’t happy about losing the main event and maybe it’s the beginning of the end for him for now.

Daga may be on his way back to AAA. EMW, their Tijuana promoter, announced Daga would be appearing on their 10/27 show. Daga’s wrestled exclusively for The Crash in Tijuana’s Auditorio since last January. Konnan being back in AAA and Daga being brought into MLW allied with Konnan seemed like a sign they were all at least talking again, and this would seem to confirm that. Daga is listed on the 10/06 The Crash show (iron man match with Hechicero) but who knows beyond that. Penta, Fenix, and Rey Mysterio have all previously left AAA to wrestle for the Crash and then returned to AAA. The only people in that Rebelion group not to go back to AAA are Zorro (who wasn’t in the group for long) and Garza (who isn’t wrestling right now.) All three continued to work for The Crash at the same time, but Rey’s obviously done now and Fenix hasn’t been mentioned after he missed the 09/08 show to work AAA.

Aerostar teased leaving AAA in a series of Twitter posts last night. Aerostar has been part of AAA for his whole career, and would not be able to be “Aerostar” if he left AAA. He’s also been one of the more loyal defenders of AAA when others have left and said negative things about AAA in the last couple of years. Now that many of those people are back, he seems to be out of the mix a little bit – though he’s still being booked regularly on the tapings, which is better than most. Aerostar also seemed to really love the match with Jake Strong, which is obviously different than my feelings about his match, so it’s tougher for me to figure out what he wants. I don’t think this will amount to much but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Drago will be wrestling in CZW on 10/13, facing John Silver. Silver wrestled Puma King last year. This paragraph feels related to the last paragraph.

AAA held a press event to talk about it’s TV show on Space, which sort of treated it like it was an unknown thing even though they’ve been on the channel since January. I assume that means it’s an unknown thing to most potential viewers. They remain on Televisa’s Nu9ve (Galavision), in a situation everyone’s been expecting to change at any time but still hasn’t.

AAA has been doing a series of “Yo Soy” videos to introduce their wrestlers to new fans, and they’re up to Hijo del Vikingo today.

Gas stations employees, whose video mimicking lucha libre spots went viral, will wrestle on the Saturday AAA show in Torreon. La Aficion says they’ve been training with Silver King.

Puma King has a video about his weekend wrestling in the US.

IWRG’s annual Castillo del Terror cage match will be on Thursday 11/01.

Fuerza Guerrera talks about his career in an article that seems cut off part way thru.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

The Rey Pantera vs Rey Infierno mask match scheduled for Arena Xalapa on 10/20 appears to be off, though there still will be a show that day.

Gallo Sureno passed away.

Funcion Estelar visits Intruso Jr.’s school in Pachuca.

Lineups

AAA TV , ELITE (FRI) 10/19/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Faby Apache, La Hiedra, Vanilla vs Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Starfire
2) Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana vs Ciclón Ramírez, Golden Magic, Jack Evans
3) Aerostar, Bengala, Hijo Del Vikingo vs Demus, Emperador Azteca, Imposible
4) Joe Lider & Pagano vs Laredo Kid & Taurus
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs Electroshock & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.

This appears to be the next taping after Sunday’s show, but 20 days off seems like the old times of spring 2018. What’s definitely not old is Electroshock being in every single Elite main event. AAA can take one group of people out of the first three matches and put a new group in, but they can’t change the people who are in the main events no matter who’s in charge. Electroshock has been granted status of permanent main eventer for as long as he shall live.

Bengala makes it back on TV. He also showed up on the AAA Twitch stream yesterday, probably to make sure rumors of his demise were not taken seriously. The bottom half of this card does look good, though I wonder who Jack Evans has angered to be working low on the card against fellow rudos. I wonder if the IWRG fans will support Imposible and Emperador Azteca (and if they’ll taunt Golden Magic.)

CMLL Mexico: 2018-09-11 

getting so many hits from a Metalico GIF

Recapped: 09/25/2018

Matches:

Cancerbero, Metálico, Nitro beat Magnus, Robin, Star Jr.
(11:54 [7:30, 4:24], 1/2, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Okumura, Tiger beat Fuego, Pegasso, Stigma
(13:47 [4:41, 3:09, 5:57], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Dragón Rojo Jr., Hechicero, Shocker beat Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr.
(11:57 [5:46, 2:21, 3:50], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Kráneo, Valiente beat Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto
(9:51 [3:57, 3:36, 2:18], 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Cavernario
(>4:00, 1?/2 DQ, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

The Mexico men’s soccer team was playing a game against this show. It might be responsible for CMLL forgetting to stream the opener, and for the segunda going two falls for no other reason.

The stream also goes out during the first fall of the main event, joining in the second fall (though it’s not at all clear a fall break has been missed until the match is over.)

Thoughts:

I watched the main event just so I could give an OK and write these words, because it’s going to be weird to have a streamed Volador/Cavernario match without a rating. There’s no reason to watch this one – I’m rating it OK primarily so I don’t have to recall why I didn’t rate it – because Volador is doing almost nothing and the match is messed up pretty badly by the stream dying. There’s no circumstance where a good match would’ve come out of matching these two guys up days before their Aniversario match, and this exists as a testament to the weaknesses of CMLL’s booking.

The rest of the card was usually Tuesday filler. I watched most of the show that aired and yet don’t have it me to do match reviews. The Fuego match was the most classical fan friendly easy Tuesday match, a borderline good match where everyone worked hard in usual midcard fashion. Blue Panther tried to switch it up a little bit during his match, and it was more distracting than creative this week. Also distracting was Dragon Rojo deciding he needed to start wearing white face point. The semi-main was aggressively nothing, as was the Nitro match.

maybe not the only move Volador did but it seemed that way

lucha TV preview for weekend of September 28th, 2018

full size

The Lucha Underground episode preview says Marty will send a message for his “Ultima Lucha” opponent (Pentagon Dark.) Nothing that beyond the matches.

AAA’s Twitch show is Sunday. It’s 6 pm on the poster, so probably a 6:30 pm start. The card has a couple of interesting matches.

CMLL Azteca has been avoiding the Kl4N/Guerreros feud like the plague so far.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-09-10

this dropkick was nicely timed, that’s all I got

Recapped: 09/24/2018

Matches:

El Hijo De Centella Roja & Millenium beat Ares & Rey Apocalipsis
(11:48 [4:21, 3:09, 4:18], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Lestat, Pegasso, Rey Samuray beat El Malayo, King Jaguar, Sangre Azteca
(15:57 [8:51, 3:35, 3:31], 2/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Kawato San, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr. beat Esfinge, Flyer, Tritón
(15:58 [8:36, 1:56, 5:26], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Felino, Shocker, Terrible beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volcano
(21:05 [9:00, 3:40, 8:25], 1/3, n/r, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Diamante Azul, Rush beat Atlantis, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero in a relevos increíbles match
(9:03 [2:47, 2:32, 3:44], 1/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

I scanned thru most of this show, only stopping for the main. I was rewarded with a short mostly aimless match. The unique sides really didn’t become interesting, with both Atlantis and Diamante Azul just wrestling like normal members of those teams. Atlantis insisted on going thru his normal offense on a show where most people didn’t. Diamante Azul and Gran Guerrero looked not so great to end the match.

There was no news on this show outside of Flyer suffering a leg injury in his match, but eventually returning to it. The main event didn’t set up anything. The second match seemed the most watchable match on the show, though still off at points. The third fall all cradle finish would’ve been good with some better timing, instead of Sangre Azteca walking and then standing in place until he got beat. Rey Samuray’s performance waking up a sleepy if packed crowd. I wonder how much help he’s getting with his flying; he hasn’t gotten the refinement he ends but is obviously talented.

CMLL Gran Prix, Dark Magic, LA Park

next week’s title match

CMLL announced the full 10/05 Gran Prix teams yesterday

Rest of the World: David Finlay, Mark Briscoe, Jay Briscoe, Dark Magic, Flip Gordon, Michael Elgin, Okumura, Gilbert el Boricua, Matt Taven
Mexico: Sanson, Cuatrero, Ultimo Guerrero, Diamante Azul, Caristico, Hechicero, Euforia, Terrible, Voldaor Jr.

The match was originally announced as 8v8. Taven & Volador were added a few minutes after the rest of the lineup was announced. It did come off as a authentic last minute decision; CMLL had art announcing four of the people being added, but just a screen shot of Informa for Taven & Volador.

Rush took to Twitter to make it clear he was upset about not being included. It does seem odd the two people who won the Aniversario match are not involved. On the other hand, Rush got himself DQed last year.

I did some more googling on Dark Magic to try and find anything about the mystery guy who’s going to be in this Gran Prix. His US indie name appears to be CG Supreme, though some places have “GG Supreme” as a typo. He was wrestling in the Midwest, mainly showing up in Michigan. He doesn’t show up in cagematch’s database, though his name pops up in some lineups. WrestlingData has a profile but no matches. I don’t know how old he is, though there are matches of him on YouTube going back to at least 2013, and he’s old enough to have a MySpace page. JCR mentioned Dark Magic wrestling in WWE and ROH, which seemed odd. It might be accurate, if only barely. This page mentions Supreme wrestling on 10/15/2016 ROH show, a tag loss to Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara that was a dark match, wasn’t on the DVD and is so obscure that neither cagematch nor wrestlingdata mention him by name. (This was one of the shows Angel de Oro worked, if you need a lucha connection.) I’m guessing his WWE stuff was either dark match or enhancement work under a one night name. He was part of a tag team in 2015 & 2016, and I can’t find much past that. His IWRG stint lasted one two three matches, and one match from Tlalnepantla has turned up. There’s a luchadora who is also using the “Dark Magic” name, which makes tracking his matches a little harder; I’m not sure if the person working second matches in small Naucalpan shows recently is him or someone else. Dark Magic will be on Informa next week, so we’ll get CMLL’s version of his story then. He debuts on Monday ni Puebla

Michael Elgin replaces Volcano on Monday in Puebla.

This headline says “LA Park has decided when the date he’s going to retire.”  He’s not really decisive if you read the article, literally saying “I do not know when I will retire, only God knows.” The date the headline is pointing towards is “two years”, but even then he’s just going to see how he’s doing by then. He could go longer, he could go shorter if he gets hurt. “Two Years” is the standard lucha libre length of time that seems close enough to be real but far enough away that you don’t have to actually do anything about it.

That article also includes LA Park taking credit for business going up this year in CMLL & AAA and saying business would go up if more talent could go back and forth. I think he’s right in the short term, but wrong in the long term. There’d be no long term planning, everyone would just be running thru the ready made big matches, and then there’d be less interest than ever when those matches are exhausted. The article also has interviews with Rush & Psycho Clown, and had a great design in the newspaper version.

Alberto says wrestling is not serious enough now, with too much interference in title matches. He praises Dr. Wagner Jr. and LA Park as those who maintain the respect of wrestling. No one does more interference and shenanigans in title matches and all matches than Dr. Wagner Jr. and LA Park.

Tirantes explained the great conspiracy against himself and the wrestling fans of Xalapa is Arena Xalapa raised the rent after their first show. Tirantes was going to promote four shows in Xalapa with CMLL talent. He ran one, it went well, and then the owners of the building (listed as Martinez Aguilar family) raised the rent “four fold.” A lawyer representing the family says they had agreed to the amount in a contract and they had not signed one for the second and third dates. Tirantes says he still wants to run the shows and the project – despite not having a building or firm dates – is more alive than ever. If you know of a building Xalapa which wants to host CMLL events, his number is listed in the article.

The La Planchitas column not only reveals Bengala & Lady Shani are a couple, but says they’re planning to get married soon.

CMLL looks back to Apolo Dantes winning the 1998 Gran Prix. Apolo Dantes with hair looks odd.

Hechicero was the guest on the weekly Marca lucha libre interview segment, talking about how wrestling is an art of improvisation.

AAA will be participating in an international book fair for children in November.

Leo Riano complains about not enough Dave the Clown on AAA TV, saying Dave the Clown is one of AAA wrestlers doing the best.

Voice of Wrestling has an article about the differences in visiting Arena Mexico at the Aniversario show.

Lucha Talk has a new episode of the podcast.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 10/02/2018 Arena México
1) Acero & Aéreo vs Mercurio & Pequeño Violencia
2) Pegasso, Príncipe Diamante, Súper Astro Jr. vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Sangre Azteca
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. vs Felino, Misterioso Jr., Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Audaz, Niebla Roja vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Pólvora
5) Mistico, Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas
6) Carístico vs Gran Guerrero [NWA MIDDLE]
1st defense

The main event should at least be fun.

Tiger and Blue Panther Jr. are going back and forth on Twitter, which is good since they seem stuck facing each other once a week with zero resolution for the next decade.

Raziel will go at least 112 days without a match. It has to be a serious injury or a retirement, but I’ve dropped him off the active CMLL roster at this point because he’s definitely not active.

CMLL (TUE) 10/02/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Divino, Luminoso, Mr. Samurai vs Demonio Maya, Maléfico, Thunder Boy
2) Angelito, Micro, Shockercito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Relámpago Azul
3) Kráneo, Michael Elgin, Valiente vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
4) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón © vs Esfinge, Soberano Jr., Tritón [MEX TRIOS]
6th defense
5) Atlantis vs Último Guerrero

Instead of getting one of the two feuds, Guadalajara is getting both. Which makes the boring Mexico City cards stand out more.

Guadalajara has a “(Guerrero) Samurai” but never a Mr. Samurai. New person or typo, it’s a coin toss.

The Crash: 2018-09-08 

Sanson bomb

Recapped: 09/08/2018

All matches were attempted to air live on Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California on 09/08/2018. The links have timestamps, but Facebook doesn’t always pick up on them.

Matches: 

Star Boy, Viento, Zarco beat Audaz, Torito Negro, Xperia
(9:19, middle rope styles crash on Torito Negro, ok, 
thecrash.luchalibre)

Princesa Sugehit beat Tessa Blanchard
(9:59, Princesa Sugehit pendulum backbreaker, below average, 
thecrash.luchalibre)

Hechicero (CMLL) beat Daga
(19:15, Magia Negra, great, 
thecrash.luchalibre)

CIMA & T-Hawk beat Rey Horus & Soberano Jr.
(~1
4:00, CIMA Meteora Soberano, good, thecrash.luchalibre)

Bestia 666, Fatu, Mecha Wolf beat Cuatrero, Forastero (CMLL), Sansón
(9:57, 450 jumping spinning DDT Sansón, great,
thecrash.luchalibre)

Carístico & Volador Jr. beat Penta Zero M &The King
(12:12, Volador pin Penta, ok,
thecrash.luchalibre)

What happened: 

(Jacob) Fatu double slam

Daga invited himself to be Penta’s partner, replacing Fenix (who was not mentioned by the name.) Penta knew something was wrong and did not like this idea. Daga attacked Penta with a chair to give Volador the win, then unmasked Penta after. Volador took Caristico’s mask. Volador took Caristico’s mask for good measure.

Garza was special referee of the semimain, and of course favored his friends. He maintained he was important after the match.

La Rebelion Amarilla introduced Fatu as a new member. He had teamed with them previously.

Daga challenged Hechicero to a rematch.

The announcers were under the impression Sugehit & Blanchard was for a title, but it didn’t appear to be the case. Sugehit instead challenged Blanchard for a title match, though that didn’t appear to be coming soon.

Thoughts:

two for one

The main event was the second worse match of the show. Daga working twice after a long match didn’t help, but there wasn’t a lot of energy by the other guys either. It was match headed to a turn from the get-go, and took some shortcuts with crowd brawling for a while. The action in the ring was fine but rarely something special; the Caristico/Penta stuff was the belt. Volador wasn’t much better than he was Friday night, and his half-hearted effort caught up to him on a terrible dive screwup. This wasn’t tragic but the main event guys seem the least motivated ones on the show – even Tessa & Sugehit were trying more, it just wasn’t working.

The Rebelion/NGD match was a good meeting of the two rudo factions. The NGD adapted some of what they do and made a good impression with their efforts in a different ring. I haven’t seen a lot of the Yellow Rebellion this year, and not all of Fatu. Fatu seemed like he was specifically showcased here, and came thru big with his double slam and his dive near the end. Bestia & Mecha Wolf did well in their spots, especially the DDT on the end. I was expecting some sort of angle with Garza, but he just acted as a normal evil referee would. This felt like just a taste of what these two teams could do and even just that was really good.

suplex in

StrongHearts vs Horuz/Soberano was good as long as it lasted on the stream. It died in the last couple of minutes. The La Poesia version has most of the missing material, though there’s a big obvious. It’s a fun match that doesn’t feel totally essentially. Soberano & Horus are showcased well before the OWE team puts them down, and it’s worth your time if you’re into these guys. CIMA & T-Hawk were better for me here than they were a week later at PWG. Maybe they’re just a better fit in tag formats than singles.

Hechicero brought out the best performance in Daga in some time. The early portion mat wrestling of the match was so good that it was a disappoint they stopped it out to go outside and strike, but they eventually made that work when they came back inside too. They had the crowd into the near falls for a long time, with everyone freaking out with Daga’s corner dropkick didn’t work. Daga was a more complete wrestler, and a sharper one, than he’s looked elsewhere this year. Hechicero going long is as good as anyone in Mexico at it, and it was nice to get a bonus version of him doing it in a little different style than CMLL ones usually do. This had peaks and valleys nicely, and less a reliance on dives than you might happen in Arena Mexico.

Daga deadlift german

The women’s match wasn’t good. They had trouble working their different styles together, so we didn’t see the best of either woman. What they tried went wrong way too often, with some obvious messed up spots. It was a slow-paced match that wasn’t really exciting even when they were hitting their moves. Tessa storming out after the match did not seem a professional reaction but you could kind of see where she was coming from.

I’m missing notes on the opener, but it was the classic Tijuana spot fest opener. It felt too all over the place and spotty for me, but might be for you if you want moves on top of moves.

Audaz blending in to TJ